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Rosary Continues to be at the Center of Father Peyton’s Ministry, World Youth Day Plans Underway


600,000 Rosaries Donated for WYD Pilgrims
Rosary Prayer Campaign Continues: Firm in the Faith with Mary
Rosary Chapel at Love and Life Center in Madrid
“Street Teams” to conduct film interviews for web

Family Rosary, worldwide ministry founded by “The Rosary Priest” Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, continues to promote Rosary prayer with their three-fold campaign for World Youth Day. The ministry’s efforts began with the donation of 600,000 Rosaries to World Youth Day; continues with a worldwide Rosary prayer campaign, Firm in the Faith with Mary; and will culminate with many Rosary activities in Madrid, including a Family Rosary Chapel at the Love and Life Center.

Rosary Donation and Rosary Prayer Campaign
To ensure pilgrims to World Youth Day have a Rosary in their hands to pray throughout their time in Madrid, Family Rosary donated 600,000 Rosaries. In conjunction with the donation, a prayer campaign began on May 1 during the Beatification Ceremony for John Paul II. The video promoting the Firm in the Faith with Mary Rosary Prayer Campaign was screened in St. Peter’s square to launch the initiative. The Campaign, which continues right up to the start of World Youth Day, has joined together people from around the world to pray the Rosary on the Saturdays leading up to WYD. (Video can be viewed at: or .)

Family Rosary has a long history of praying the Rosary for the success of an event. The founder, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, sought Rosary prayer support for all his worldwide Rosary Crusades dating back to the early 1940s. Recently, the ministry sought the same prayer support before its 2007 Rosary Bowl held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Family Rosary Chapel at the Love and Life Center
Family Rosary, in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus and the Sisters of Life, will create and staff the main venue for English-speaking pilgrims to World Youth Day in Spain in August. The Family Rosary Chapel, at the Love and Life Center, will be a place where pilgrims can spend time together in prayer. Also, Family Rosary will be hosting a Marian Music Festival as well as assisting with the many other concerts, panels and events on the main stage. The Love and Life Center is at the Palacio de Deportes in the heart of Madrid: Avenida de Felipe II, s/n 28009, Madrid. Found at

On-the-Street Interviews with Pilgrims
Family Theater Productions
, another member ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, will be found “on the streets” of Madrid interviewing participants on their experiences at WYD, on how and when they pray the Rosary, and many other questions. .

Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions, member ministries of Holy Cross Family Ministries, were founded by sainthood candidate Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Father Peyton began his work in 1942 to encourage family prayer, particularly the Rosary. His efforts continue today reaching families with face-to-face mission activities in 17 countries and the distribution of Rosaries around the world. More than 1.2 million Rosaries were provided to families last year all to fulfill Father Peyton’s vision that the family that prays together stays together. Family Theater Productions continues Father Peyton’s legacy through the development and distribution of multi-lingual film, television and radio programming as well as a billboard campaign in the United States. Family Theater also sponsors an international film festival competition for university level students, called Angelus, and an active outreach to young Catholics in Hollywood.